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» Planetary CD release
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» Favorite Street – Steve Adams
» Other Minds 16
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:: ROVA NEWS Febuary - March 2011 ::
Rova’s recent local shows at the Subterranean Art House and at CNMAT (both in Berkeley) were evidence that the band is eager to play and is mining new areas for investigation. There was a lot of thoughtful and engaged improvising going on at both shows. The quartet is ready to join the Nels Cline Singers for our east coast swing later this month. Our new CD, Planetary, will hit the streets officially on February 15; we’re excited about the results and hope you’ll be listening. Rova will be out at the Dance Palace in Point Reyes this month for the first time in over 20 years! We had several memorable performances at this great venue during our early years. Take a drive to hear us in a unique setting. Check what Steve’s been listening to.
We were happy to learn in December that Rova’s New York City show at the Stone last March was picked by All About Jazz New York as one of the ‘Concerts of the Year’ for 2010. The magazine also chose The Celestial Septet CD as one of the ‘Albums of the Year’.
Rova at the Dance Palace – Point Reyes Station
The Dance Palace
Rova at the Berkeley Art Museum
The Celestial Septet in Flight
The seamless match-up of the Nels Cline Singers and Rova has been going on since the two bands began to play together 5 years ago, but our fellowship with the players reaches back to Yo Miles! performances at the Fillmore in 1999 and various versions of Electric Ascension presented over the past 10 years. We’re especially excited that Trevor Dunn is now the bassist with the Singers and will be on board for this Celestials concert series.
"The Celestial Septet is a vehicle for time and space travel through dense, narrow thickets and airy, wide expanses of boundary-blurred extrapolations of jazz, rock, late-20th-century European modernism and American minimalism, and 21st-century postmodern fusions," writes Derk Richardson in the liner notes of the Septet's recent New World Records release. "The trip is challenging, but the open-minded listener/traveler cannot help but come through the experience with new perspectives on sound and music."
Below is our tour schedule. Spread the word! This is a knockout band!
PHILADELPHIA - Tuesday, February 22
AMHERST, MA - Thursday, February 24
BOSTON - Friday, February 25
NEW YORK - Saturday, February 26
BALTIMORE - Sunday, February 27
Planetary CD Release
“Hard to believe that only now are we seeing the first Rova Saxophone Quartet recording released in Russia – so long and eventful is the history of the group’s love affair with this country.” Alexander Kan, Russian liaison on Rova’s first tour of Romania, Russia and Latvia in 1983, begins his liner notes of our new CD, Planetary, released on the Russian label, Solyd, with contextual anecdotes that trace the history of our relationship with that country’s listeners. His insightful stories, along with compositional notes by Adams and Ochs, round out this release of our first quartet recording in three years—available on February 15.
2003 and 2009 recording sessions contributed to Planetary, so the disc gives a sense of the scope of the work we’ve been engaged with during that stretch.
From Seth Watter of All About Jazz – New York:
Other Local Shows
Wednesday, February 9, 8:00 PM
Larry says: The band performs in the Bay Area for the first time since ....???
Sunday, March 6, 8:00 PM
The Jazz School
Favorite Street – Steve Adams
Steve Adams’ Favorite Street - New Bands (to me, anyway)
Fieldwork is the most remarkable of the lot to me. A trio of Vijay Iyer, Steve Lehman and a drummer, either Tyshawn Sorey or Elliot Humberto Kavee on records, they totally tear it up. I have two of their recordings, Door and Simulated Progress (on Pi recordings,) and both are collective efforts in the best sense. Everyone writes and the aesthetic is not about solos, it’s about everyone moving the music forward all the time. The writing is very fresh and is perfectly suited to the concept. It’s also interesting that they make frequent use of two things that don’t have a lot of inherent appeal to me, microtones and odd meters, and I love what they do with them. (www.pirecordings.com)
The Respect Sextet is a group of younger musicians who met at the Eastman School of Music. I picked up their first CD when we were in the area and liked it, and I like their new one Sirius Respect: The Respect Sextet plays the Music of Sun Ra & Stockhausen (Mode/Avant) even more. Hard not to when they’re playing pieces by two of my all-time favorite musicians, but they approach them in creative, thoughtful ways, so that it’s not just bouncing back and forth between the two sound universes. (www.respectsextet.com)
blink is a band from Chicago that has released one CD on Thirsty Ear called the epidemic of ideas. Like the Respect Sextet they seem young and fearless and have found their own space in the world of improvised music. (www.thirstyear.com)
Ideal Bread is a band dedicated to the music of Steve Lacy led by baritone saxophonist Josh Sinton. He sounds great digging into these rewarding pieces and it's wonderful to hear new slants on the compositions. Their latest CD Transmit is on Cuneiform - (www.cuneiformrecords.com).
Bait & Switch is led by local bassist Lisa Mezzacappa. It's what she calls a "garage jazz" group, which is an accurate label. It's committed, raw in a good way and has excellent players in Lisa, Aaron Bennett, John Finkbeiner and Vijay Anderson. Plus a cover version of Captain Beefheart's Lick My Decals Off, Baby! (www.cleanfeed-records.com)
Special thanks go to radio stations KFJC and KALX for exposing me to several of these exciting new finds and for generally playing the kind of adventurous programming that we need more of.
And, one footnote - I'm too late for the holidays, but if you enjoy Christmas music and/or funk, you owe it to yourself to get Christmas is 4 Ever by Bootsy Collins. I've had it for four years now and it's become an indispensible part of the season for me. It's endlessly entertaining. (www.bootsycollins.com)
Other Minds 16
Other Minds 16 features nine maverick composers from around the world in concerts and panel discussions: Holland's Louis Andriessen; Balinese guitar phenom Balawan; the Seattle Chamber Players performing works by Agata Zubel (Poland), Kyle Gann (US) and Janice Giteck (US); Dutch jazz and improv pioneer Han Bennink with special guest Fred Frith; and premieres of commissioned works by Jason Moran and David A. Jaffe, with a special installation by world-renowned sound sculptor Trimpin.
Thursday, March 3
Friday, March 4
Saturday, March 5
RadioOM – Improv:21 Archives
Want to sample some of the Improv:21 informances?
Here’s what’s available at the moment. The Mark Dresser and Scott Amendola events have just been added. FYI, Scott is the amazingly creative and energetic driving force behind the drum kit in the Celestial Septet.
Scott Amendola: Performance and Interview (2008)
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